Kookaburra gargoyle

Place Oceania: Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Accession Number ART90762
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 30.6 x 28.8 x 16.2 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description plaster reinforced with fibre, watercolour wash, pencil grid marks
Maker Bowles, Leslie
Ewers, Raymond Boultwood
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c. 1939
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a kookaburra. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone gargoyle in the cloisters of the Commemorative Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial. There is a hole in the beak of the kookaburra to allow for a water spout.